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An evening view of the civic plaza, highlighting the radiant glow of the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre, Khorog.

Nestled amid flourishing trees, a flowing river, and a formidable mountain range, the newly opened Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre in Khorog is a long-awaited blessing for the Jamat of Tajikistan.

Mawlana Hazar Imam is received by His Excellency President Michael Higgins of Ireland at Áras an Uachtaráin.

His Excellency President Michael Higgins of Ireland and his wife Sabina Mary Coyne, today received Mawlana Hazar Imam at their official residence Áras an Uachtaráin. The occasion honoured Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee, which concluded last month.

Meet Samandar. Born and raised in the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast region of Tajikistan to a Pamiri Ismaili family where music was appreciated and practiced daily.

Horse breeding is a 250 year old tradition in Mawlana Hazar Imam's family; many of the horses "are old friends," says Princess Zahra. Ritsuko Naito

“Success breeds success” declares the well-known motto of Aga Khan Studs. Speaking in Mumbai at the end of January, Princess Zahra looked back on her family’s history with horses, and considered the future.

Once relegated to folklore and theatre, traditional Pamiri clothing styles are making a comback.

The evolution in choice of dress among the Ismailis of Gorno-Badakhshan in Tajikistan is reflective of wider changes and influences that have affected that society over the past decades. The recent re-emergence of Pamiri dress speaks to a rediscovery of local heritage.

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